Radice is a three-legged wooden stool, the result of Industrial Facility’s second collaboration with Italian furniture producer Mattiazzi.
Unlike many other Italian producers, Mattiazzi keeps all the facets of wood production under one roof. By default, they have become a rare company that is able to shape wood as if it were plastic, while embracing ever-increasing challenges through their own R&D. Industrial Facility have continued to push Mattiazzi further into the exploration of robot-craftsmanship – following on from their first collaboration with the Branca Chair.
Radice finds its underlying beauty and simplicity in its structure. It is the bringing together of the front-half of a traditional 4-legged stool with a single back leg – the root. It is a visual improvisation, where two things come together unexpectedly.
“Radice has some tension in its form and it is a slight surprise that the third leg works as well as it does to resolve the overall structure. It is in some ways structurally diagrammatic, yet is made comfortable visually and physically because of how this third leg supports the seat,” says Sam Hecht.
The backrest is small and reassuring, allowing a coat or handbag to rest on it; and the seat is open for large and small people. It is light both visually and in weight and uses no screws or metal fittings, yet also passes stringent BIFMA standards ensuring it is structurally sound, stable and reliable. The wood stain options for Radice are based on the cycle of an autumn leaf turning colour.
Radice is available in 650mm (stool height) and 450mm (chair height).
Finishes: Ash - Available in Natural, Black, Branca Green, Red, and Yellow mustard; Natural Oak
Optional seat cushions: Leather and Kvadrat Steelcut Trio
Serial Beauty, Biennale Saint-Étienne, France, 2015
Family Matters, Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, 2015
Tronco is unlike our previous Mattiazzi designs that often have displayed a sculptural softness achieved by robotically removing material. Instead, its character is formed from solid planks of wood in what appears as very elementary construction, yet its simplicity is the result of iterative experimentation and a high regard for material honesty. It is made with the same extraordinary level of attention to detail that Mattiazzi is now known for. With Tronco, we are interested in the frisson between solid panel construction and the truly skilled craft of its making.
It has surprisingly natural comfort and works well in multiples, and not just alone. Its form is modest enough so that it takes on the appearance of ‘texture’ when shown in numbers. It lifts the atmosphere of interior spaces that
many chairs, whether it is a dining hall or a chapel and creates a terrain of its own in any architecture. It can stack 10-high on its own trolley and is connectable in long rows using a plastic connector. A range of coloured stains help to bring out the ash grain. The Tronco table is similarly made and chamfered at the edges so that it can join easily with others. With one or many, Tronco evokes solidity rather than frame.
Designforum Wien, Austria, 2016
Salone del Mobile, 2016
US: Herman Miller
Run is a collection of tables, benches, shelving, and accessories – inspired by the collective, congenial atmosphere around public furniture like canteen tables, park benches, and library shelves. These typologies have the ability to feel natural for one to use and for many to share. Its materiality is recycled aluminium and Amish produced Ash wood that satisfies a multitude of uses at home, for hospitality or in the workplace. They are pure utility – resilient in material and timeless in form. It is made from simple, uniform planks and is specified simply by length of material, either aluminium, ash or cedar wood. The furniture can be used indoors or out and is available in 2440, 1830, 1220 and 830mm lengths, with corresponding Benches. Shelves are available in lengths of 1830mm.
For the Table and Shelf, specially designed accessories (Platform, End and Bookend) help to delineate spatial and functional divisions along a plank, and the gap between planks is seen as a benefit for passing through electrical cables. Benches have the option of a felt pad for added comfort. Run Tables are also available in standing or seated heights, allowing for different activities like communal eating or meeting. The projects entirety acknowledges the benefits of being around others. Welcoming, useful, resilient, and simple.
ICFF Best Collection, 2016
Plex Lounge Seating
Plex is a modular soft-seating program that allows the ease of flexible grouping with a compact seat that’s designed for individual comfort. After extensive research and development, Plex is designed to support Office, Education and Healthcare settings. It is smaller than comparable soft-seats allowing greater planning density.
Plex consists of a series of units that each provide comfort and usefulness and can be combined with other units to make additional settings - a simple hook allows the flexibility to re-arrange settings, turning a communal gathering area into a lecture theater. It is engineered using Herman Miller’s extensive knowledge of ergonomics, anthropometrics and comfort, and uses super-seat technology in its webbing - a strectched rubber membrane that adjusts to whatever posture you may take.
The seats can stay static with its wooden or plastic feet, move freely around with its wheels, or swivel with its swivel-base. Extra privacy for spaces where concentration and privacy are required, can use the Plex Club Seat height adjustable headrest. Stitching details have been designed to accommodate almost any fabric. Plex also has power. Both USB and mains can be integrated during specification, or added at a later date. And a lightweight height-adjustable Side Table is part of the collection.
Metropolis Likes Award, 2016
HIP Award, 2016
TOG is an innovative furniture company that plans to build a community, combining industry with craftsmanship, technology and humanity. The company is the brainchild of Brazilian industrial group Grendene, with Philippe Starck as its Creative Director.
The foundation of TOG is to create a virtuous and unique sales system where the customer has the freedom to enjoy the distinguished design piece 'naked' - as proposed by the company and designer - or to apply their own personal mix of finishes and colors through a large platform of local craftsman. In the case of Tubo, we set out to create an advanced and economically viable recycled PET molding process, by working with the source of the raw material itself, that can then be freely customised.
The collection consists of chair with a variety of bases, along with working tables and mobile shelving. The chairs themselves are made from molded PET that is created from a raw blanket material formed from recycled platic bottles that would normally find their way into the waste stream. After a year of testing and analysis, a steel tool was developed that economically ‘polymerises’ and seals the PET into a semi-rigid shell. The shell is then supported by a spring steel exoskeleton that allows for comfort and movement.
Icon Award nomination 2014
Milan 2014 Best In Show, Metropolis Magazin